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Barely does a week go by where a hit in run doesn’t feature in the news. For most civilised and law abiding motorists this is probably the most heinous motoring crime a person can commit. Road Traffic accidents occur every minute on UK roads. However, whilst anyone who causes an accident is likely to feel guilty and in due course there may be arguments as to who was at fault, most motorists have the decency to pull over and check for injury. For most, liability is the last thing on their mind; and the safety and wellbeing of others take the front seat.

Fatal Accident Inquiries can be held when a death occurs in the course of a person’s employment or whilst in legal custody. They can also be held when the death is sudden, suspicious, or unexplained, or occurred in circumstances giving rise to public concern as long, provided it is in the public interest for an enquiry to be held. The procurator fiscals office, under the authority of the Lord Advocate, has discretion regarding whether to hold such a hearing.

Dating apps have proliferated in the age of the internet and smart phones. One in three relationships in the UK now began online. The Daily Mash headline “Couple to lie about not having met on internet” sums up the sea change in dating culture. As is the case with most digital tools users remain largely unfamiliar with the legal issues surrounding dating apps and who is responsible when things go wrong.

Celtic’s John Hartson was involved in an unusual accident when playing golf near his home in Peebles. The golf buggy which he was a passenger in ploughed into a tree whilst going downhill at 25 miles per hour. The driver had reportedly hit the accelerator and not the brake.

Following the accident John, who feared for his life and almost lost an eye, required 48 stitches to his head and was told that he would require follow up plastic surgery.

Today the LGBT Community and their allies come together in Edinburgh to celebrate Pride and to mark the struggle for LGBT equality.

As Employment and Discrimination lawyers it is clear to us that there is a long way to go in ensuring the equality and safety of LGBT workers in the workplace. A 2017 report from Stonewall Scotland uncovered some alarming statistics. This research found that 36% of LGBT workers and concerning 58% of trans workers have hidden their identity due to fear of discrimination. The research also found that 16% of LGBT workers and 40% of trans workers in Scotland have experienced negative comments or conduct from colleagues whilst at work within the last year. 

World cup fever is once again upon us with the action kicking off in Russia yesterday afternoon. All eyes were on the line up for the Egypt team ahead of their game today against Uruguay.

One of Egypt’s star player, Mo Salah, was recently injured in the Champions League final while playing for Liverpool. Salah was the victim of a brutal tackle from Sergio Ramos resulting in a dislocated shoulder. It has been suggested that the tackle from Ramos was a deliberate attempt to injury Salah. Others have suggested it was all in the spirit of the game. I have been asked, more than once now(!), whether Ramos could be sued by Salah for the injury sustained?

Driving on motorways used to require a full licence. However from 4th June 2018 that is no longer the case. Learner drivers will be permitted onto motorways, as long as they are with an approved driving instructor in a dual control car. This change is part of a raft of changes of late to better prepare young drivers and reduce road traffic accidents. The number of fatal or serious accidents involving young drivers has fallen each year since 2000. However, thousands of young drivers are involved in fatal or serious road traffic collisions each year. 17-24 year olds make up 1.5% of licence holders, yet are involved in 9% of the fatal and serious road traffic accidents each year.

Shane Richie who plays Alfie Moon in EastEnders went on a 5 star holiday with his family to the Moon Palace Resort in Mexico where they reportedly endured the holiday from hell.

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